Pros and Cons of Taking that Online SAT Prep Course

Most colleges recognize the SAT exam as the standard when they are sifting through applicants for admissions into their programs. This has created a high level of competition in SAT scores which has, in turn, caused an increase in the use of SAT tutoring and SAT prep courses. Utilizing a test prep course will not only give you the opportunity to practice course material that match your goals, but will also allow you to practice the format of the SAT and its question styles. SAT prep courses can ultimately lead to confidence when entering to sit for the exam. 

So, you decide it’s right for you; you’re going to participate in an SAT prep course. But when registering, you find the wide variety of options available online and in person. Online options can be very enticing – study from the comfort of your home. What are the pros and cons to taking this important course online? Is it right for you? Let’s explore. 

Time 

The time commitment required for an online SAT prep course can vary drastically from an in-person SAT prep course, depending on your location. There is also often a wider variety of time-of-day options for online courses, while in-person courses are often offered during typical tutoring business hours. When registering, consider the time you have available after school and the travel time to your local tutoring company. Do you have a part-time job after school that only leaves you available in the evenings? Online SAT prep course may be a good fit for you. Are you consistently available on the same afternoon each week? In-person SAT prep may be right for you. 

Flexibility 

One big pro for online SAT prep courses is the ability to work from anywhere. As someone who has taken online courses from a condo balcony with a view of the beachfront, I believe that flexibility can make a difference. If you’re going to be taking an SAT prep course over summer break or when you know you’ll have other commitments that will prevent you from traveling to the tutoring center, online may be the best option for you. The flexibility of online learning is especially beneficial right now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no reason to miss class due to quarantine if you’re able to attend online. 

Personalities

When considering an online SAT prep course, it’s important to take a look at your own personality. If you’re shy and reserved and prefer to focus on the content of the course rather than the relationship with your tutor or peers, the “behind the screen” format of online learning may be a pro for you. If you value relationship building or are easily distracted by the ability to open more internet tabs, then the “behind the screen” format may be a con for you. Relationships with tutors are best built in-person, where the tutor can get to know your strengths and and focus more diligently on your areas of needs.

Content

Most often, online SAT prep courses offer the same course options as in-person SAT prep. However, the accessibility of the content may be different. In-person tutors can offer unique ways of delivering information to students and gauge the effectiveness of their instruction based on student focus and understanding. An online instructor may not have the ability to present the information in multiple ways to develop the best understanding for each individual student. If you require a deep dive into certain areas of topic to gain an understanding of them, an in-person option may be best for you. 

Technology 

One potential con to taking that online SAT prep course is technology and its reliability. You will be required to have access to a computer, a stable internet connection, and the platform that the tutoring company uses to hold classes and present information. If your internet connection has a history of being unstable or you don’t have access to a high-functioning device, it’s likely that you won’t get as much out of a online course as you would in person, without instruction interruptions. 

Learning Differences 

As mentioned previously, relationships with tutors are best built in-person, where the tutor can get to know your strengths and and focus more diligently on your areas of needs. This is particularly true if you experience any learning differences or specific learning disabilities. An online SAT prep instructor may not be able to gain a full understanding of your needs or the best way you learn through online teaching. On the other hand, an in-person tutor would build a relationship with you, get to know you and your areas of need, and be willing to try multiple methods of instruction to find what’s best for you. 

Atlanta Tutors offers customized tutoring for the SAT. Contact us today to learn more about our personalized test prep options: 678-412-5457.

What to Know when Tutoring in Atlanta

Tutoring can be an all-inclusive profession. From SAT tutoring to special education and intervention, the job can entail more than one may think. Being a tutor in Atlanta only exemplifies this. What’s important to know when tutoring in Atlanta? Here, we’ll explore the details of tutoring in Atlanta by looking at the city, the kids and their families, and the content of the job. 

The City

Metro Atlanta is so diverse, that there is no defined majority racial group. It is the 9th largest and one of the fastest growing metro areas in the United States. In 2020, Atlanta was home to over 6 million people, with more than 1 million students being served through the Atlanta Public School System. Atlanta also ranks #7 in net migration, including people from who are not native English speakers. The median household income is $66,657, but incomes in Atlanta vary by location with medians ranging from $25,000 to $208,000 per year. 

The Kids & Their Families

Knowing the diverse statistics on the city of Atlanta allows a better understanding of the families who would be served. The city represents all races, ethnicities and backgrounds. According to the statistical atlas, 30% of households in Atlanta have children under the age of 18. 28% of those households are married and in 25% of those households, both parents work outside of the home. The students served as a tutor in Atlanta will be highly dependent on the location, income bracket, and areas of expertise of the tutoring company. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 34% of Georgia students are proficient or advanced readers by the time they enter the 4th grade. This statistic alone is a call for tutors who have the ability to teach children effective reading strategies!

The Content & Curriculum 

Atlanta content and curriculum is based off of the Georgia Standards of Excellence and the APS Common Core Georgia Performance Standards. Students are assessed using End of Course Tests (EOCT) and the Georgia Milestones Exam. Atlanta tutors should have a complete understanding of the core standards in the area they teach and should be equipped with specialized and targeted strategies for helping students reach those standards. High school students in Atlanta are encouraged to take the SAT or ACT during their junior year, and many families in Atlanta look for test prep tutors beginning freshman year. 

Find Georgia Standards of Excellence here:

https://www.georgiastandards.org/Georgia-Standards

Find Atlanta Public School’s Curriculum Guide here: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/61441

What does this mean for the content of the job of a tutor in Atlanta? 

It’s important to recognize the diversity in race, income and education level in Atlanta when considering a job as a tutor. With such a diverse population, educators of all types will be required to have an understanding of how to work with a wide variety of families, students and needs. Families from a higher income bracket may be looking for a tutor who specializes in SSAT prep tutoring, while families in the lower income bracket may be looking for a tutor to ensure that their child’s reading needs are met by supplementing their public education with tutoring. Getting experience with a variety of students, families and needs may help you to find your niche as a tutor – the best fit for you. Once you find your niche, hone in on the target strategies for students in that area or population. 

With the consistent rise in people comes a need for more educators, including tutors. In Georgia, the need for tutors is rising by 2.14% annually. The average income of a tutor in Atlanta is between $15-35 per hour, and is generally based on education and experience. With such a diverse population, the need for tutors who specialize in targeted areas of instruction will continue to rise. 

To apply to be a tutor with Atlanta Tutors, follow this link: https://atlantatutors.net/become-a-tutor/

How to be a Tutor: The Traits, Skills, and Experience You Need

Tutor: A private teacher for individuals or small groups. A skilled instructor. A mentor, a coach, a motivator. The word tutor seems almost all-encompassing – homework helper, special education, SAT prep, specialty skills, supplemental instruction, online tutors, the list goes on. More families than ever before are searching for high-quality tutors for their children. The online tutoring market alone is projected to grow by 15.6% in the next 7 years, seeming like a good time to enter the business! So, how do you know if it’s right for you? How do you know if you have what it takes to be a tutor? 

Traits of a High Quality Tutor

To be done well, tutoring requires certain personality traits that lend towards the ability to meet student needs. 

The best tutors have an innate growth mindset, wanting to grow not only themselves, but to help others around them (their students) do the same. They will have a passion for learning and will want to be life-long learners alongside their students. A great tutor will show empathy, being able to see situations through their student’s eyes. They’ll need to be able to connect and build rapport with not only the student, but their family as well. Creativity is a must in writing lessons, expanding knowledge, and keeping the student engaged!  It’s important to have a patient demeanor in tutoring, to be able to encourage independence from the student without rushing them or showing frustration. 

Tutoring also requires general professional traits that will allow for an upkeep of job performance. 

First, a great tutor needs strong communication. You’ll be communicating with the company you work for, the students you are serving, their families, and sometimes their teachers and school personnel. You’ll need to communicate on a regular, on-going basis and keep detailed logs of these communications. Second, a high quality tutor will have strong organization. Not only will you need to keep track of your records, data, intake forms, parent communications, billed hours, and tutoring materials, but you’ll need to be able to assist the students you serve in keeping track of their assignments, tests, homework and other learning materials! Last, but certainly not least, a fitting tutor will possess the ability to uphold confidentiality. A high quality tutor will know their student and their family deeply, and likely learn information about the student academically and outside of academics. All of this information should be shared with the student and family only – tutoring isn’t the job to share anecdotes about at dinner with friends.  

Skill Set of a High Quality Tutor

There are a number of skills that will increase your capability as a high quality tutor. The first being subject matter mastery. If your goal is to be an elementary science tutor, you should have a strong technical knowledge of K-5 science topics, standards, and science curriculum. You should be able to explain the science of the water cycle in multiple ways, to ensure an understanding by your student. 

Second, you’ll need an understanding of targeted interventions to match the curriculum for the subject matter you intend to teach. Keep in mind that many students require tutoring because the general academic instruction was not enough for them to master the concepts – they will need specific interventions to grasp the standards. 

The third skill you will need is the ability to adapt curriculum, standards, and lessons for a personalized learning environment. Most tutoring environments will be 1:1 or small group, in which the tutor should tailor the learning experience to appeal to their individual learning style and engage them in the work. 

Experience of a High Quality Tutor

While becoming a tutor only requires a high school diploma or a GED, there are other experiences that are beneficial and will help you not only stand out in the market, but become the best tutor you can be for your students. The most important experience is having spent time with children. A background in working with students of similar age group to who you intend to tutor will be helpful in finding and being successful in a tutoring position. 

Completing tutoring education & training will provide you with important knowledge and background information to assist you in being a high quality tutor. Georgia Highlands College offers Online Tutor Training, including 10 modules covering responsibilities, learning styles, disabilities, cultural differences, and more. Some companies will require Tutoring Certification, which can be pursued through certifying programs such as the National Tutoring Association. It would also be beneficial to join a Tutoring Association that aligns with your beliefs and tutoring mentality. A membership in these associations includes member benefits, conferences and networking opportunities. 

For more information on Georgia Highlands College Online Tutoring Training, visit: https://sites.highlands.edu/tutorial-center/tutor-resources/online-tutor-training/

A list of organizations that provide Tutoring Certification can be found here: https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/tutor/

Most importantly, a tutor will have the drive to want to make a difference in a child’s life and will be motivated by their students’ successes! 

Visit our website for information about becoming a tutor with Atlanta Tutors LLC.

The Georgia SAT: What High Schoolers Should Expect

The importance of performing well on SAT exams can put tremendous pressure on Georgia high school students as they look towards their dream college and hope for acceptance. One of the best ways to build confidence before walking in to sit for the SAT exam is to be familiar with what to expect and be prepared for the materials that will be covered. Here, we’ll review what high schoolers can expect the day of their Georgia SAT exam. 

Test Day

All Georgia SAT testing centers will follow the same rules, regulations and procedures which will allow you to know how to prepare for the day. All test centers will open at 7:45am and close the doors at 8:00am. If you’re late for the exam, you will be given the option to reschedule. Depending on your location, the test will take place in a classroom or a larger room with the capability of having all doors closed for a quiet environment. The test will begin between 8:30 and 9:00am. The test will last 4 hours and 5 minutes, including the optional essay section and break times. 

There are important materials to bring with you on exam day. Those items are: 

-Face covering (following local/state COVID-19 regulations)

-Your Admission Ticket

-Photo ID 

-Two No.2 pencils with erasers 

-Approved calculator

Additional suggested items include:

-A watch

-A drink and snacks (for during your break)

-Back up batteries for your calculator 

Electronic devices are strictly monitored and should be powered down or left at home the day of your SAT. If your device makes noise during the test, you will be dismissed from your test and your scores may be cancelled.

Follow this link to see the SAT Calculator Policy:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/calculator-policy

Time Limit & Subjects on SAT in Georgia 

The SAT Exam is 3 hours and 50 minutes long (if choosing to take the optional essay portion). Every SAT is administered in the exact same way. The subjects and sections will always appear in the same order: 

1. Reading (65 minutes, 52 questions)

2. Writing and Language (35 minutes, 44 questions)

3. Math without a Calculator (25 minutes, 20 questions)

4. Math with a Calculator (55 minutes, 38 questions) 

5. Essay – optional (50 minutes, 1 question)

When a section is beginning, the test coordinator will read instructions from a manual and respond to any questions about the procedures of the test. They will prompt you when it is time to begin each section. During the time limit, you must work only in the given section (no going forward to new sections or backward to previous sections). The test coordinator will then prompt you when a section has ended and when to move onto the next section. 

Keep in mind that even though the subjects always appear in the same order, questions within the sections are often displayed differently from booklet to booklet. The people near to you during the exam are unlikely to have the same booklet as you, and are unlikely to be working on the same question as you, even though they will be in the same section. 

Note that the essay section of the exam is optional. If you do not register to take the essay portion of the exam, your test time shortens to 3 hours. 

Question Format for the Georgia SAT

All questions on the SAT are presented in multiple choice format, with the exception of the optional essay question. 

The Reading section will be a passage or passages to read, followed by multiple choice questions in response to what was read. The passages will be literature, historical documents, social sciences, or natural sciences. The questions will cover content or vocabulary in context. 

The Writing and Language section will cover grammar, vocabulary usage, and editing skills. You’ll be revising sentences and passages by finding and fixing mistakes to make them better.

The Math section will cover topics in algebra, problem solving, data analysis, geometry, trigonometry and precalculus. The majority of the section will be typical multiple choice and 13 of the math questions will require you to produce your own answer and fill them in on a grid within your answer sheet. The beginning of the section will provide you with formulas that may be needed to answer questions, such as the area of a circle.

The Essay section is one question presented in passage format. You will read the passage and be expected to build a persuasive argument in essay form. It is best to use your nicest penmanship and stick to basic essay structure when responding to this section. 

Breaks

There is no doubt that 3 hours and 50 minutes is a long time to sit for an exam (a big benefit to practice exams – preparing yourself for the extent of the test!). There are three allotted time slots for breaks during the SAT, however, they aren’t long. The first break follows the reading section and is 10 minutes long. The second break follows the math without calculator sections and is 5 minutes long. During the first two breaks, you may leave the room, use the restroom, and have a snack or drink. The final break follows the math with calculator section and is 2 minutes long. During this break, you are only permitted to stand and stretch at your desk. 

Bring your ID and Admission Ticket with you on each break – you’ll be clocked out as you leave and back in as you re-enter. 

SAT Scoring

SAT scores range between 400 and 1600. Your score is the sum of your two section scores for (1) Math and (2) Reading and Writing. Each section can earn between 200 and 800 points and are scored in 10 point increments. While there is no standard “good score” on the SAT, the best number to aim for is 1200, which would place you in the 75th percentile. 

Follow this link for a detailed breakdown of how the SAT is scored: https://blog.prepscholar.com/how-is-the-sat-scored-scoring-charts

What Colleges Expect

Each College and University will have its own expectations for SAT scores. Some schools offer score thresholds for acceptance, and others hold strong to a minimum score required for application and acceptance. Your target score will vary by college you’ve applied for and the more selective the university, the higher score you’ll likely need to accomplish. To determine your target SAT score, you can do an online search for “(College Name) SAT Score Range” and aim for the 75th percentile of that score range to make yourself stand out in a crowd of applicants. 

Options for Retake 

It’s best to take your SAT exam in your junior year of high school and here’s why: there’s no limit to the number of times you may retake the exam. If you’re unhappy with your score, or it isn’t high enough for acceptance into the colleges you’ve applied to, you may register to take the exam again (and again) until you reach a score you’re pleased with. The college board places no restrictions on how many times you may take the SAT, but the most recent 6 scores you’ve earned will show on your file. Prepare early and take the exam as early as you can to give yourself time for the option of a retake.  

Follow this link to register for the Georgia SAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register

Visit our website for information on SAT tutoring in Atlanta, Georgia and the surrounding suburbs.

How to Tutor Children with Special Needs

In an ever changing world of education, one thing is clear: anyone teaching children has to be able to reach a diverse population of student needs. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there were 7.3 million students receiving special education services in 2019-20. That’s 14 percent of total public school enrollment. We know that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) protects the rights of these students and ensures that they are serviced in school. But for many educators, the question becomes: How do I meet the needs of a student with diagnosed disabilities? How do I tutor a student with special needs? Here are some strategies to help you get started tutoring a child with special needs. 

Individualized Education Plans

When tutoring a student with special needs, it’s best to begin with their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This plan can be provided by the parent or the school, and will outline the student’s present performance, their academic and behavioral goals, and the accommodations and modifications they require in order to complete their work. These documents are a great starting place to begin to understand where the student currently is academically and a good starting place for where to begin tutoring them. 

The present levels should outline the student’s current strengths and weaknesses academically as well as concerns the parent has for their child’s education. The goals will provide you with the areas of deficit that the child is currently presenting with and give you an idea of where to target your interventions during tutoring sessions. The accommodations and modifications will give you guidelines on how to present work to the student. Do they need large print? Do they need shortened reading or writing assignments? Such information will be specified in their IEP. 

Build Rapport

When tutoring a child with special needs, one of the most important things you can do up front is build rapport. Ask the student what they like. Ask them their favorite foods, toys, movies, games, activities. Make connections with them and ask follow up questions. Building rapport with the student will promote engagement in lessons with you, participation in work and activities, and allow them to feel comfortable asking for help if and when they need it. 

Rewards Systems

When a child has a disability, it can be challenging to motivate them to begin, stay focused on, and complete assigned tasks, work, or activities. Concrete reward systems can be highly motivating for children with special needs. The great news is, reward systems work for students of all ages. Think of it like the money you earn as pay for completion of tutoring hours: Your wage is $15 per hour, you work 3 hours, you earn $45. Pretty motivating to do your work!

For a student with special needs, this may look like: When I get 5 stars, I can use my iPad for 10 minutes. I get a star when I complete a math problem. I do 5 math problems, I get to use my iPad for 10 minutes. 

Rewards can be really anything that motivates the student! They can be tangible rewards (stickers, prize boxes, snacks), experiences (iPad time, game, outdoor time), or interactions (high fives, note from parents). It’s best to involve the student or their parents in the selection of the reward to ensure that it truly is something that the student will want to work towards earning. 

For more on how to use a reward system, check out this resource:

https://ncse.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NCSE-Resource-3-Using-Reward-Systems.pdf

Consistency 

As with most children (and even adults!), a consistent and predictable schedule and routine will promote success for children with special needs. When starting a tutoring session, consider a visual schedule (this could be anything from pictures to a checklist of what will be done during the session) to prepare the student for what is coming. Be open to modifying your schedule until it is appropriate for the student and once you find a flow that works, stick to it! The student will begin to expect their routine and will be more likely to participate and try novel or more challenging tasks. 

Assessments and Data Collection

Assessments are an important part of tutoring children with special needs. It’s important to identify key areas where the student is lacking the required skills in order to provide them with the most appropriate targeted intervention. Assessing skills should be completed, scored, and presented to the parent or student before beginning academic interventions. 

Once you begin providing tutoring and interventions to address the skills, it’s important to collect data on the student’s progress. Students with special needs vary in the time it takes for progress to be made and seen, and small victories should be celebrated! 

For formal assessment ideas, check out this resource:

https://dredf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Assesments_chart.pdf

Targeted Interventions 

Once the student’s areas of weakness have been identified through review of their IEP and assessment, it is time to choose targeted interventions that match the skill they are not yet able to do. It’s important to keep in mind that this child needs special education services and tutoring because the mainstream teaching strategy was not enough to reach them and for them to learn the skill, so they will need an intervention specific and targeted towards their needs.

Take, for example, a student with a Specific Learning Disability in math. After assessment, you note that they show a weakness when differentiating between addition and subtraction problems. A targeted intervention you could implement would be color coding math symbols (i.e. highlight subtraction signs yellow and addition signs green for visual cues – or have the student go through their work and color code prior to beginning to solve problems). 

For more targeted intervention ideas, check out this resource from the National Association of Special Education Teachers:

https://www.naset.org/fileadmin/user_upload/LD_Report/Issue__6_LD_Effective_Teach_Strategies.pdf

Tutoring students with special needs can be a challenging task, but when done effectively, it will absolutely be rewarding to the tutor and the student. 

How Tutoring Children Requires Special Teaching Skills

Tutoring Children Requires Special Teaching Skills

            Jose sat at the kitchen table.  He had been staring at the same math problem for what seemed like hours.  He simply could not figure out how to compute the answer.  Hearing his frustration, his older sister sat down with him.  She had completed the same work years earlier and hoped she would be able to help.  Minutes later, she was as frustrated as him and had walked away.

 Many times children need extra help with their school work.  Sometimes it seems easy to sit down and immediately help students fill in their learning gaps or get help with an upcoming assignment, project, or test.  While this can sometimes end well, just as often it goes amiss.  Tutoring children requires skills far beyond the knowledge to simply help someone find the answer. 

But….I Know How to Get the Answer

            Similar to Jose’s sister, many people think because they know how to do the math, write an essay, or complete the science diagram that they can tutor a child.  Having the knowledge to help a child requires content knowledge, but it extends beyond that.  Although many people know how to solve word problems that require math computation skills, they may lack the ability to explain the process to someone they are tutoring. 

Break It Down

            Today’s world is filled with a plethora of online resources which can be helpful; nonetheless, knowing how to break it down or chunk information into manageable sections is a necessary part of tutoring.  Students may struggle with multi step problems and processes.  When tutoring students, work to complete homework or explain difficult concepts using clear, concise directions that are scaffolded as needed.  By scaffolding students, they begin to see how the various steps and pieces fit together. Keep in mind that the process of breaking down the learning process in reading may look different than helping someone in science or social studies. Tutoring students in reading requires understanding and applying specific strategies. 

Know the Age

            The developmental needs of a five year old vary considerably from an eight or nine year old.  For this reason, during tutoring sessions, one must keep in mind what age children they are working with.  For example, the same tutoring strategies that work well with preschool and kindergarten students will likely not be the ones that should be utilized with second grade students.  Furthermore, think about timing when scheduling tutoring.  After school tutoring may work best for a student who is less hyperactive, but for children with an abundance of energy, they may need a break from school before they are mentally and physically able to focus on tutoring.

Patience and Then Some

            Tutors need to have an abundance of patience.  In addition they need to be positive and empathetic.  By understanding the student’s situation, a stronger rapport and better communication will strengthen the tutoring relationship.  By working to actively listen to the child and maintaining a position of leadership and trust, the tutor will also have a greater impact on the child.  These various character traits once again show how tutoring children requires special teaching skills. 

Trial and Error             Finding the special teaching skills needed to tutor children may take some trial and error.  In other words, a single motivational process and tutoring style may not always work.  Evaluate different options before committing to a tutoring program or individual.  Spending money to acquire tutoring services should be done with care after determining that the provider has an understanding of how tutoring children requires special teaching skills.   More general guidelines for tutoring and how the process works can be here.

Atlanta for Kids: Fun and Educational Activities to do in the City

Whether you’re visiting for a weekend trip or looking for new ways to explore your own city, Atlanta is full of activities and adventures that are packed with educational experiences! Here is a breakdown of the best Atlanta activities for kids by the educational content you’ll encounter there.

STEM Activities for Kids in Atlanta

Are you looking to fit Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into your Atlanta excursions? Atlanta has many options for fitting STEAM learning into your activities and experiences.

Zoo Atlanta – With more than 1,500 animals from 220 species, Zoo Atlanta is a perfect way to expose children to science topics like ecosystems, classifications, animal movement, conservation, and camouflage! Engage your child further in the experience by encouraging them to be a scientist themselves – bring a notebook for them to take “field notes” and write or draw their observations. 

Georgia Aquarium – The Georgia Aquarium houses 100,000 animals in 7 exhibits that give a true look into life underwater. Take your educational experience a step further and go behind the scenes with animal encounters, tours, swims, and dives. 

Children’s Museum – The Children’s Museum is Atlanta’s best hands-on museum for toddlers and young children and they believe in the power of play. The museum offers exhibits that will encourage inventive problem solving, creative thinking, and imaginative expression. With rotating exhibits, the Children’s Museum provides novel experiences each time your kids visit!

LEGOLAND – From the LEGO Master Builder Class, to the Race Car Build & Test, to the interactive Atlanta Cityscape build with over 15 million LEGOS, LEGOLAND is sure to provide a thrilling atmosphere for your little builder. Time at LEGOLAND will encourage math, science, engineering, communication, critical-thinking and problem solving skills. 

The Escape Game Atlanta – Looking to engage your teen or older child in critical thinking, problem solving, and team building experiences? The Escape Game Atlanta is a great opportunity! You will enter an immersive world and be tasked with recovering priceless art or finding lost gold by applying STEM and team-building skills. 

History Activities for Kids in Atlanta

From the birth home of Martin Luther King Jr. to the extensive railroad systems we can thank for its existence, Atlanta is full of rich history and social science learning experiences. 

Fernbank Museum of Natural History – The Fernbank Museum of Natural History features permanent and rotating natural history exhibits that give a one-of-a-kind look into life before us. Exhibits cover a wide range of topics including Fantastic Forces, Reflections of Culture, and Giants of the Mesozoic (Dinosaurs!).  They even have an exhibit called “A Walk Through Time in Georgia,” providing kids with the story of Georgia’s natural history and the development of the part of our planet Atlanta lives on. 

National Center for Civil and Human Rights – The NCCHR is a museum and cultural attraction dedicated to sharing the story and accomplishments of the Civil Rights and Human Rights Movements. To make the most of your experience, download the personal guides and tailor your experience to any age kid elementary through college.

Outdoors & Fitness Activities for Kids in Atlanta

According to Child Development Specialists, children should spend 3 hours outside and in active movement per day! Atlanta has great options to help meet your kinesthetic learner’s needs. 

Atlanta Botanical Gardens – The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a 30 acres botanical garden in the heart of the city. Their mission is to “develop and maintain plant collections for the purposes of display, education, conservation, research and enjoyment.” In addition to experiencing the sights of the extensive collection of plant species, the Atlanta Botanical Garden offers weekly kids programming events, annual learning programs, an interactive children’s garden and a library. 

Piedmont Park – Piedmont Park is 185 acres of open space, walking trails, baseball fields, tennis courts and playgrounds, and is the most centrally located park in Atlanta. They are known for their festivals, dog parks, and city views. To make it an educational experience, Piedmont Park offers historic walking tours, summer programs and conservancy fundraisers for kids and the whole family. 

Westside Reservoir Park – Atlanta’s newest park, the Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry spans 280 acres and is filled with walking and biking trails, open lawn, playgrounds, pavilions, and features an overlook to the quarry and reservoir. Children of all ages will strengthen their physical health, social skills, communication, and independence when visiting Atlanta’s largest park. 

The Little Gym – The Little Gym is a children’s gym (infant – 12 years) that offers a number of learning experiences and activities including gymnastics, dance, karate, and sports skills. They also offer parent/child classes for the youngest learners, starting at 4 months old. Enrichment Programs and Clubs are learning environments that balance physical and cognitive development to prepare kids for school success. 

Aqua-Tots – Growing research is showing that swimming can provide a unique increase in brain development and has been shown to improve cognitive development, memory, communication and imagination. Aqua-Tots swim school provides a tested curriculum for kids aged 4 months – 12 years that teaches swim safety, skills and technique. They also offer swim clubs, swim teams, special needs and adult swim programs.  

Art Activities for Kids in Atlanta

Participating in the arts – singing, dancing, drawing, creating – is a natural way to engage all of the senses and prepare a child’s brain for optimal development. Atlanta has a variety of activities to expose kids to the benefits of the arts. 

Center for Puppetry Arts – Atlanta’s own Center for Puppetry Arts is one of the few puppetry museums in the world! The center offers puppet shows, puppet workshops and a puppet museum that are sure to spark imagination and creativity in the children who visit! 

High Museum of Art – Atlanta is truly lucky to house the High Museum of Art and all of the worldly pieces that have been displayed there. They feature permanent and rotating exhibits as well as events for all ages including Toddler Thursdays, family-friendly programming, and Jazz Fridays. Helpful Hint: Admission is free for all visitors on the second Sunday of each month! 

The Music Class – Rooted in music education philosophy, The Music Class offers an immersive experience that keys into the rapid early brain development of young children to nurture their music development. Their evidence based practices utilize music to encourage positive cognitive, social, emotional, physical and brain development! 

Impactful Businesses 

An educational activity tour of Atlanta wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging the impactful businesses located in the heart of the city. Our older children especially will enjoy the special look into how these Atlanta-based businesses are run and possibly dream big about their futures!

The World of Coca-Cola – The World of Coca-Cola Museum showcases the history of the world famous Coca-Cola Company. Their exhibits provide an interactive experience in the company’s history, a production line, and a tasting room to sample 100s of soda flavors. 

CNN Center – Atlanta is home to Cable News Network’s (CNN) world headquarters. Your child is sure to dream big when they visit the CNN Atlanta Newsroom or take a CNN Studio Tour and see how teleprompters and weather maps work, the action inside of a newsroom, and get an up close look at the people on-screen. 

Consider buying a City Pass to save money on your Atlanta excursions! Find more information here: https://www.citypass.com/atlanta

How to Find Tutor Websites for Your Tutoring Sessions

The recent pandemic has caused many parents to struggle with their children’s education needs. Schools were closed for months, then reopening was called into question. Many parents have been looking at tutor websites to see if they can get some personalized, instructional help for their kids. Our experts at Atlanta Tutors LLC would like to offer 4 tips to help you find the right fit for your family:

Consider Your Child’s Personality

Will your son or daughter respond to an online teacher on a tutor website? It will be a person that they have never met, and your child may not be comfortable working directly with this person. However, many tutors are skilled at making children feel comfortable and communicative.

Research the Grades the Company Tutors

Some tutor websites have K-12 listed as the grades they serve. Further research into the website will state they specialize in high school or college prep only. Make sure the website in question offers tutors that specialize in your child’s grade.

Learn Which Tutoring Subjects the Company Offers

When you search for tutor websites, you will see numerous options that offer mathematics and science tutoring exclusively. Very few offer language arts, history, or foreign languages tutoring. Be sure the company can teach your child what she needs. If you are looking for SAT prep, be sure they offer that.

Compare Pricing

Some companies will help your child throughout their school year. In the most common situation, you will pay by the hour or by the month. If they are getting SAT training prep, that can last several months for most people, but can be as short as a few individual sessions. Explore pricing options for your child’s exact learning needs–and the time tutoring is needed.


Keep these 4 considerations in mind as you look for the tutor website that you feel will work best for your family. If you have any questions, or if we can help your child in any way, please contact our experts at Atlanta Tutors, or call 678.412.5457.         

Which Atlanta College Should I Attend? A Breakdown of Options

Applying to colleges is a very exciting time in one’s life! With all of the excitement comes really big decisions – decisions that will have an impact on the path your life will move forward on. Atlanta has a wide variety of options to explore in your search for colleges to attend. Here’s a breakdown of the options by the type of college or university as well as what they’re best known for!

Follow this link for detailed comparisons on the different types of colleges and universities: https://www.thoughtco.com/types-of-colleges-4689039

Four-Year Institutions 

Public Colleges and Universities in Atlanta, GA

Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) – Georgia Tech is ranked the #1 4-Year College in Atlanta. It is most popular for its engineering programs, with top majors being Mechanical Engineering, Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Civil Engineering. Before financial aid, it costs about $30,000 per year and has a 86% graduation rate.

Georgia State University – Georgia State offers a wide variety of programs with 55 undergraduate and graduate degree options in more than 250 fields of study. It’s most popular majors include Psychology, Biology, Marketing, and Finance. Before financial aid, it costs about $30,000 per year and has a 52% graduation rate.

Private Colleges and Universities in Atlanta, GA 

Emory University – Emory University is ranked #25 in the top nations in the United States, considered a “Southern Ivy.” It is a research university and receives record amounts of funding towards their research programs and initiatives ($894 million last year alone). They are known for their school of medicine, but offer other popular programs like Registered Nursing, Biology, Neuroscience, Econometrics, Psychology, and Chemistry. Before financial aid, it costs about $73,000 per year and has a 90% graduation rate.

Clark Atlanta University – Clark is a private methodist college and was the first HBCU in the southern states. It features programs not as popular elsewhere such as Radio, Television, and Digital Communication and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Before financial aid, it costs about $39,000 per year and has a 37% graduation rate.

Art Institute of Atlanta – Art Institute of Atlanta is located in Dunwoody, GA and is known for their Design, Fashion, Media Arts, and Culinary Programs – a great option for anyone looking to major in the arts! Although a four-year school, its programs are career-focused, much like a technical college. It is a part of a system of 8 schools and online programs. Before financial aid, it costs about $33,000 per year and has a 16% graduation rate. 

Herzing University – Herzing University is in the center of downtown Atlanta. It is common with international students, giving it a diverse student population. Herzing is known for its Nursing, Information and Technology, and Legal Studies programs. One of the lowest costing of the private colleges in Atlanta, it costs about $30,000 per year and has a 20% graduation rate. 

Atlanta Intercontinental University – Atlanta Intercontinental University is a subsidiary of American Continental University. Their most popular majors are Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Healthcare Administration. Before financial aid, it costs about $22,000 per year and has a 14% graduation rate.

Liberal Arts Colleges in Atlanta, GA  

Agnes Scott College – Agnes Scott is a private women’s liberal arts college in Decatur, GA. It is ranked #1 Most Innovative National Liberal Arts College by the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of “Best Colleges.” The most popular majors are public health, social sciences, and psychology. Before financial aid, it costs about $57,000 per year and has a 70% graduation rate. With just over 1,000 students, the average class has about a 11:1 teacher to student ratio. 

Spelman College – Spelman College is a historically black liberal arts college for women, located in Atlanta. Their most popular programs are Psychology, Political Science, Biology, Economics, and English Literature. Spelman College is known as a Black Ivy League, an HBCU attracting high performing and affluent students. Before financial aid, it costs about $55,000 per year and has a 78% graduation rate.

Oglethorpe University – Oglethorpe University is located in Brookhaven, GA and is housed on a beautiful, historic campus. With less than 1,500 students enrolled, students receive an individualized education. Their most popular majors are Business Administration, Communications, Biology, Research and Experimental Psychology, and Biopsychology. Before financial aid, it costs about $57,000 per year and has a 46% graduation rate.

Morehouse College – Morehouse College is a men’s HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) in Atlanta, GA. It is one of four men’s colleges in the United States. In the heart of the city, the campus covers 61 acres. Morehouse College is the #1 producer of black men who go on to receive doctorate degrees. It is known for the Morehouse School of Medicine, but offers a variety of programs and majors. Before financial aid, it costs about $48,000 per year and has a 51% graduation rate.

Two-Year Institutions 

Community Colleges and Trade Schools / Technical Colleges in Atlanta, GA

While Community Colleges and Technical Colleges are often used interchangeably, a Community College offers a general education towards an associates degree and a Technical College offers specialized career specific programs.  

Atlanta Technical College – Atlanta Technical Colleges is one of the most cost-friendly colleges in Atlanta, with tuition costing about $11,000 per year before financial aid. It also offers the widest variety of associates degrees and technical certificate programs including (but definitely not limited to) Accounting, Barbering, Carpentry, Culinary Arts, Dental Hygiene, Early Childhood, Paralegal Studies, and Radiologic Technology. See all of their programs of study here: https://atlantatech.smartcatalogiq.com/2021-2022/College-Catalog/Programs-of-Study 

SAE Institute – The SAE Institute is located in Atlanta, GA. It is known for its programs in media and digital arts. Their most popular programs and degrees are Game Development, Audio Technology, Entertainment Business, and Digital Film. It costs about $24,000 per year and currently enrolls around 800 students. 

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (Formerly Dekalb Technical) – Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers Associate Degree programs, Diploma programs, and Technical Certificate Programs. Their most popular programs are Automotive, Early Childhood Education and Care, Healthcare and Legal Studies. It costs about $20,000 per year, with some programs able to be completed within one year. 

Gwinnett Technical College – Gwinnett Tech is located just outside of Atlanta in Lawrenceville, GA. It offers more than 140 associate degree, diploma and certificates programs with a focus on real-world job skills. They offer programs in Engineering, Business, Computer Sciences, Nursing, Health Services, and Public and Professional Services. For a full catalog of their programs, visit: https://gwinnetttech.edu/programs/. Before financial aid, it costs about $27,000 per year to attend Gwinnett Tech.

Interactive College of Technology – The Interactive College of Technology is located just outside of the perimeter in Chamblee, GA. It offers both Associates Degree programs as well as a variety of short-term diploma programs. Their most popular programs are Business and Technology, Medical Office Administration, and HVAC and Commercial Refrigeration trades. They also offer a unique program on Vocational English as a Second Language. Before financial aid, it costs about $21,000 per year, with some programs able to be completed within one year. 

Hiring Assistant Director

Atlanta Tutors LLC  seeks part-time, fully remote Assistant Director to help manage all aspects of our business.

The responsibilities for this position fall into five categories:

Client Relations:

  • Receiving calls from, and returning calls to, parents and students who are seeking information about our tutoring services
  • Emailing clients to provide information about our tutoring services
  • Calling existing and former clients to gauge their level of satisfaction with our services
  • Pairing clients with tutors
  • Tracking and managing client billing

Managing Tutors:

  • Announcing tutoring opportunities by email, phone calls, and texts to tutors and pairing tutors with clients
  • Evaluating performance of tutors

Human Resources:

  • Reviewing applications of prospective tutors.
  • Conducting preliminary phone interviews with prospective tutors.
  • Occasionally interviewing prospective tutors at local coffee shops and bookstores
  • Manage hiring process for new tutors
  • Making hiring decisions in coordination with other directors
  • Post and manage tutoring jobs on external sites

Marketing:

  • Collaborate with Director to develop relationships with teachers, school administrators, and community organizations
  • Helping with email marketing campaign and mail-outs
  • Identifying and periodically attending community events to promote business

Administrative:

  • Exceptional perception and implementation of prioritizing many responsibilities with extreme attention to detail and professional communication with clients
  • Maintain collaborative communication with Director regarding clients, tutors, and all other job-related information including weekly meetings

QUALIFICATIONS

  • College degree from well-known university
  • Background in education
  • Knowledge of the Atlanta education scene (public and private schools, standardized tests, colleges, etc.)
  • Strong communication skills–written and oral
  • Impeccable character and professional appearance
  • Self-driven–ability to work independently
  • Belief in our mission to provide high-quality academic support services to students

HOURS AND LOCATION

The majority of the responsibilities for this position can be done from home. This position will require availability from 9-1pm or 1-5pm daily to be available to answer calls, make calls, answer emails, and send emails. It may be a combination of these hours, to be arranged with the Director. This will be around 20 hours per week during the academic year, but the position will require some flexibility on the part of the Assistant Director as the responsibilities of the position evolve and as the needs of the business ebb and flow with the academic calendar. During the summer, the demand for tutoring is significantly less, and the hours for the position will reduce accordingly.

COMPENSATION
$20-22/hr

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please email the following to [email protected]:

1) A cover letter  that describes how your prior work experience meets the specific job requirements for this position.

2) A resume that highlights qualifications and experience relevant to this position.